Tolerance is created when people from different social groups celebrate their commonalities and their differences as positive things. Establishing connections with the diverse range of people around you makes it difficult to hold onto deep-rooted prejudices and yet being connected to the world online isn’t a cure-all for intolerance, hatred, and bigotry.
Yesterday after news that more people in the United Kingdom voted to Leave the European Union than had voted to Remain, I found myself in the bizarre position of trying to explain to a small group of people that just because they were Leave voters and they were not racist didn’t mean that racism wasn’t an issue. It was almost like a scene from a film in which the director is trying to make a point about white privilege. “It’s about something more than immigration” one white woman moaned, “and I’m not racist. How dare they say I’m racist?” Continue reading